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Lee Hunter Riley, III, M.D.

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Vice Director, Clinical Operations

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Expertise: Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Degenerative Spine Disease, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors more

Research Interests: Cervical spine disorder; Vertebroplasty; Metastatic disease; Disc degeneration

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Dr. Lee Hunter Riley III is a professor of orthopaedic surgery and neurological surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as vice director of clinical operations in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He specializes in surgical treatments for spinal disorders and injuries.

Dr. Riley received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1986. Following a residency in orthopaedic surgery and a fellowship in spinal surgery at Johns Hopkins, he completed a second fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1993.

In addition to clinical interests in the cervical spine and adult spinal disorders, his research interests include disc degeneration, metastatic disease, vertebroplasty
 and cervical spine disorder.

Dr. Riley has authored or co-authored over 100 scholarly publications and is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. more


  • Vice Director, Clinical Operations
  • Zadek Family Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery



  • MD; Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1986)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Orthopaedic Surgery (1991)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Spinal Surgery (1992)
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine / Spinal Surgery (1993)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopedic Surgery (1995)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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  1. Archer KR, Seebach CL, Mathis SL, Riley LH 3rd, Wegener ST. "Early postoperative fear of movement predicts pain, disability, and physical health 6 months after spinal surgery for degenerative conditions." Spine J. 2013 Nov 6. pii: S1529-9430(13)01209-6. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2013.06.087. [Epub ahead of print].
  2. Alosh H, Li D, Riley LH 3rd, Skolasky RL. "Health Care Burden of Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery: National Trends in Hospital Charges and Length of Stay, 2000 to 2009." J Spinal Disord Tech. 2013 Oct 16. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Starmer HM, Riley LH 3rd, Hillel AT, Akst LM, Best SR, Gourin CG. "Dysphagia, short-term outcomes, and cost of care after anterior cervical disc surgery." Dysphagia. 2014 Feb;29(1):68-77. doi: 10.1007/s00455-013-9482-9. Epub 2013 Aug 14.
  4. Skolasky RL, Maggard AM, Thorpe RJ Jr, Wegener ST, Riley LH 3rd. "United States hospital admissions for lumbar spinal stenosis: racial and ethnic differences, 2000 through 2009." Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Dec 15;38(26):2272-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182a3d392.
  5. Skolasky RL, Riley LH 3rd, Maggard AM, Bedi S, Wegener ST. "Functional recovery in lumbar spine surgery: a controlled trial of health behavior change counseling to improve outcomes." Contemp Clin Trials. 2013 Sep;36(1):207-17. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.06.018. Epub 2013 Jun 29.

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